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SYNOPSIS

A Prequel Novella

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Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.

It’s not.

But, ESPN did rank me as a four-star recruit, calling me one of the best defensive players since Briarcrest Academy opened its esteemed doors. So yeah, with football and a stellar GPA, my future seemed good.

Then Dovey Beckham shows up in her short skirts and ballet shoes. Driving me insane. Making me want to beg for her attention.

But that wouldn’t happen, because Cuba Hudson didn’t beg for
anything.

She walked around BA like she owned the place, and most days she looked right through me…the one girl I couldn’t have.
So, of course, I made it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost.

Because no girl can resist the Heartbreaker of BA.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where wicked love begins…and ends

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Wicked Collage

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

G&J ~ 4 Stars

This is our first introduction to Ilsa Madden-Mills and the Briarcrest Academy series and we really enjoyed it. This novella is a glimpse at the beginnings and background to Cuba and Dovey’s story. The moment Cuba saw Dovey and the consequential attraction that spans much farther than initial lust. This is so much more; this is about two broken young adults who’ve seen too much bad in life, who feels undeserving, have experienced too much emotional pain and have had to grow up way before their time.

“No matter who people think you are, no one really knows what’s underneath.”

Cuba comes from money, but as we all know money doesn’t buy anything but material happiness. It does not buy love or the comfort of loved ones. It does not buy life.

‘I was alive but barely living.’

This young man is everything that is popular, brilliant and attractive judged by social standards yet what he really wants he can’t have. Cuba is suffering in silence, his family life in tatters from the distressing illness of depression. Socially he’s a bit of a cock and the majority of his relationships are superficial.

‘..how could I ask her to be better, when I felt so weak myself.’

All it takes is a glimpse of a ballerina and in that fleeting moment he sees hope and inspiration; beginning a tireless crusade to bring just that into his life.

Dovey’s had a traumatic childhood littered with struggles, violence and deprivation in her line of sight. By the hand of a self-less woman she’s given a chance in life to pursue a passion of dance. Becoming a principal ballerina being the dream. Dovey was quirky, independent and doesn’t suffer fools gladly; a trait no doubt derived from never having experienced parental love, selflessness nor true happiness.

‘Love swallows up all the good parts, but ballet gives it all back.’

This novella was full of emotion and a great introduction. We now look forward to experiencing this relationship unfolding and seeing Cuba and Dovey achieve what they truly desire and deserve as they overcome their obstacles and brokenness.

‘…our lives were slowly unravelling day by day….we were helpless to do anything about it except watch.’

*ARC’s provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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  1. elena k said:

    I really liked this book and it is for the best cause! lovely review!

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  2. Shanta said:

    Omg I love IIsa and her books, she is a gifted passionate writer who puts a lot of though into the characters she writes about. I fell in love with her first book and she did not disappoint with these books. Congrats IIsa I give you five stars. I would definitely recommend her books to other readers.

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